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  • Dec 4, 2014 7:04:46 PM
    What if you could gain visibility, minimize risk and ensure end-user satisfaction in your next-generation desktop approach? Learn how Stratusphere UX can be the DEFENDER of your desktop architectures AND the supporting infrastructure! COME HAVE LUNCH ON US AND SEE IT FOR YOURSELF!
  • Nov 25, 2014 3:24:42 PM
    Case Study: Desktop Virtualization in the form of Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) Hosted Desktop (HD) or Desktop-as-a-Service (DaaS) is one of the trickiest “applications” to deliver from the Cloud. The Desktop experience has to be ‘spot on’ in order to ensure that users continue to enjoy the performance of a local desktop. This month we’ve already heard from James Mackie at VESK on how his business is delivering desktop performance, and now we can hear from Liquidware Labs and their server-side optimizations conducted in partnership with Kingston Technology.
  • Nov 14, 2014 5:34:15 PM
    Changes made by Microsoft to simplify licensing could have a dramatic impact on the virtual desktop market as it removes a layer of complexity that has held some customers back from adopting the technology.
  • Nov 11, 2014 6:26:51 PM
    With Microsoft offering Windows licensing on a per user basis, the final tether holding desktop software to the device is released
  • Nov 10, 2014 3:00:00 PM

    New version delivers deeper visibility for next-generation desktop and extends user experience monitoring with a new API

    CHICAGO, IL – November 10, 2014 - Liquidware Labs, the leader in desktop transformation software solutions, today announced the general availability of version 5.7 of its Stratusphere™ FIT and Stratusphere™ UX solutions. This release provides a number of enhancements aimed at supporting next-generation application and desktop platforms, such as VMware View and RDSH, as well as Citrix XenApp and XenDesktop. Specifically, this release provides greater diagnostics and deeper visibility into the end-point, the capability to peer into the browser, and a new application programming interface (API) that significantly extends the usefulness and applicability of user experience data.

    “More than ever, the design, monitoring and diagnostics of next generation desktop and application delivery platforms requires a level of visibility and access to in-guest metrics to ensure an optimal user experience,” said Jason Mattox, CTO, Liquidware Labs. “The platforms and infrastructure to support services such as virtual desktop and application publishing are often heterogeneous and shared amongst several services. Gaining access to a composite metric—like the one we offer in Stratusphere—to quantify the user experience is the only way to meet end users’ expectations.”

    Deeper Visibility Means Faster Remediation
    With the release of Stratusphere 5.7, operations teams, next-generation desktop and applications architects now have an easier path to determining root causality with visibility that extends from the data center down to the end-point; including the ICA/HDX, RDP/RFX and PCoIP display protocols. “User experience is a term that gets talked about often,” said Kevin Cooke, Product Director for Stratusphere Solutions, Liquidware Labs. “But few solutions actually quantify this experience and provide a user-centric view of important trending information.” Stratusphere UX now offers a visual alerting, diagnostics and monitoring overview of user, application and other contributing infrastructure components via a new Sparkline and mini-table Overview dashboard. These views provide for faster remediation allowing IT staff to keep users online and productive.

    Browsers have become a pervasive desktop application, supporting everything from local access to business-critical applications to those hosted in the cloud. Stratusphere 5.7 now provides visibility into the browser, with metrics and information to support domains, hosts and URLs being accessed by users. “It is not sufficient to simply point a finger at the web browser as a constrained application. IT needs to know if that user is having a bad experience when accessing Salesforce.com versus Facebook,” said Cooke. This release of Stratusphere will support Google Chrome, with other notable browser support being added over the next few months.

    Extending Data to Focus on the User Experience
    This release also greatly extends visibility through the Stratusphere API. Now customers with existing network operations center monitoring tools can feed the granular user, machine and application metrics from Stratusphere into the framework of their choice via a simple API.

    “The addition of this API is powerful as it allows customers to minimize operational workflow disruption without sacrificing user experience detail,” said Mattox. “Users do not have to give up the Stratusphere UX metrics they depend on; and now have the additional benefit of being able to integrate and consolidate the visibility data within their existing operational monitoring toolset.”

    The Stratusphere API is also a significant benefit for Liquidware Labs partners and other organizations who count on the metrics and information gathered by the Stratusphere architecture in their services practices. In addition to integration with other operations and management tools, the API allows for the seamless exporting of Stratusphere data into a host of formats including Microsoft Excel, CSV, HTML and JavaScript Object Notation (JSON). To date, partners have created rapid prototyping tools to support the creation of a bill of materials; based upon real-world Stratusphere FIT assessment data. Related, existing customers are leveraging the API to generate ad hoc reporting of inventory, performance metrics and other data generated by Stratusphere UX in an easy to manipulate Excel format, saving countless hours compiling reporting and detail to support IT operations and reporting.

    Stratusphere 5.7 is available immediately from Liquidware Labs global partner network.

    About Liquidware Labs
    Liquidware Labs™ is the leader in desktop transformation solutions for next-generation physical and virtual desktops, including VMware View®, Citrix® XenDesktop, Red Hat® and Microsoft® Windows 7. The company's innovative Stratusphere™ FIT and Stratusphere™ UX products support assessment, design, monitoring and diagnostics (Health Checks) of virtual desktop environments. Liquidware Labs award-winning ProfileUnity™ solution with FlexApp, FlexDisk features supports migration to Windows 7, and user profile and environment management and application layering.  Flex-IO supports IOPS acceleration in virtual desktop environments.  Liquidware Labs products are VMware-certified and Citrix Ready, and are available through a global network of partners. Visit www.liquidwarelabs.com for further information.

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  • Oct 17, 2014 8:52:00 PM
    David Bienenman and Jason Smith from Liquidware Labs meet VMworld TV.
  • Oct 13, 2014 3:00:00 PM

    Company’s solutions are increasingly demanded by diverse organizations across EMEA to solve End-User Computing challenges

    BARCELONA, Spain, Oct. 13, 2014 - Liquidware Labs, the leader in desktop transformation software solutions, today announced that it will be demonstrating its innovative products at Booth 141 at VMworld® 2014 Europe in Barcelona, Spain, October 13th to 16th.

    Global adopters of VMware Horizon® are quickly discovering the value of incorporating Liquidware Labs’ comprehensive suite of solutions, including Stratusphere FIT, Stratusphere UX, ProfileUnity with FlexApp and Flex-IO, in their initiatives.  The company’s EMEA customers continue to laud the importance of the solutions in overcoming the challenges when moving to next-generation desktops.


    “What has made ProfileUnity so effective for our needs is the level of granularity it provides… the issues we had with our logon process are a thing of the past.”

    - Ruwan de Silva, IT Project Manager, Royal College of Physicians


    “It [Stratusphere UX] usually shows me that all our virtual desktops are performing in the upper-right quadrant, which is the best...It has enabled us to be very proactive. If we see an issue, we can either fix it or send the user an e-mail with suggestions for getting better performance out of their desktops.”

    - Steve King, Infrastructure Manager, AkzoNobel’s M&PC Business Unit


    “ProfileUnity has already moved us from the limitations of roaming profiles and helped us make the transition to Windows 7.”

    - Henk Weisbeek, Desktop Transformation Project Manager, Hanze University of Applied Sciences


    “ProfileUnity does just what I need it to do – it enables a consistent user environment, and troubleshooting profiles is much quicker.”

    - Jimmy Parker, Development Office Lead, Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust


    “The portability that ProfileUnity enables...as well as comprehensive migration support — has enabled us to deploy the kind of next-generation desktop environment that was needed to bring our organization forward.”

    - Simon Gregory Principal Infrastructure Analyst, National House Building Council


    "The mobile-cloud era has brought great change in apps, data, devices, and how end-users consume them," said Kit Colbert, CTO, End-User Computing at VMware. "Liquidware Labs solutions paired with VMware Horizon® provides our mutual customers with simple and efficient solutions to support their end-users."

    New Liquidware Labs product features to be shown at Booth 141 include:

    Stratusphere UX Desktop Diagnostics and Monitoring

    Liquidware Labs will be demonstrating significant new features in its comprehensive monitoring, performance validation and diagnostics solution, Stratusphere UX.  The solution now offers additional inspection capabilities for display protocol metrics, such as PCoIP, ICA and RDP, as well as updated dashboard capabilities in the advanced overview tabs.   Stratusphere UX now also provides browser-tab level visibility for Google Chrome performance and resource consumption. For customers looking to extend the power and flexibility of user-experience data, Stratusphere UX now offers a powerful API that can flow metrics and information into other operational and systems platforms as well as provide ad hoc reporting capabilities.

    Flex-IO Storage Acceleration

    Flex-IO, IOPS Acceleration software for stateless VDI environments, has also been updated. Flex-IO now boasts enhanced performance under full VDI pool workload that is proven to gain superior results in overall read and write IOPS as well as decreased latency.

    ProfileUnity Desktop User Profile and Environment Management

    The latest release of ProfileUnity, the company’s popular User Profile and User Environment Management solution features new Application Rights Management, which enables administrators to allow or deny applications from being executed, delivered, or installed on select users’ Windows physical or virtual desktops and laptops. In-session policy and profile changes and saves are also now possible with the new Triggers feature. Organizations will also find their familiar classic Start Menu option for Windows 8.x, something that the market has been requesting.

    “Desktop virtualization technologies are advancing at a rapid pace and so is the adoption rate among users across Europe,” said Chris Akerberg, president and COO of Liquidware Labs. “Today our customer roster in EMEA includes such names as Bank of England, King Faisal Specialist Hospital, Maersk Oil, the British Red Cross, Saudi Telecom, and many more. These organizations demand the best technology solutions, and the fact that they have chosen Liquidware Labs’ offerings provides testimony to the quality of our solutions for VMware Horizon End User Computing environments.”

    About Liquidware Labs
    Liquidware Labs™ is the leader in desktop transformation solutions for next-generation physical and virtual desktops, including VMware View®, Citrix® XenDesktop, Red Hat® and Microsoft® Windows 7. The company's innovative Stratusphere™ FIT and Stratusphere™ UX products support assessment, design, monitoring and diagnostics (Health Checks) of virtual desktop environments. Liquidware Labs award-winning ProfileUnity™ solution with FlexApp, FlexDisk features supports migration to Windows 7, and user profile and environment management and application layering.  Flex-IO supports IOPS acceleration in virtual desktop environments.  Liquidware Labs products are VMware-certified and Citrix Ready, and are available through a global network of partners. Visit www.liquidwarelabs.com for further information.

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  • Sep 26, 2014 5:37:06 PM
    Virtualisation Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) Product of the Year
  • Sep 26, 2014 5:35:19 PM
    You can manage profiles with Active Directory or the tools built into your VDI software, but third-party options from AppSense, RES software and Liquidware Labs offer more features and can reduce storage needs.
  • Sep 4, 2014 4:31:52 PM
    NHS trusts are currently designing and implementing Windows XP migration plans. In this article, we explore how Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust planned its changeover, supporting the use of tablets in the clinical environment and reducing application log-in times from minutes to seconds
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